Of the 1000s of celebs & athletes I have met, I never met either of them. Although I had 2 different chances to meet 1 of them, I never did.
First Farrah Fawcett. A death from cancer is a hard and terrible way to die. I have lost a grandmother to cancer, and a friend. Its hell to go thru for both the dying person & for the family & friends. I was never a fan of hers, but I also didnt dislike her. She was just another celeb out there to me. But what I know is, she is likely in a better place now. Her pain & frustration with fighting this disease is over. Her friends & family can now stop the waiting game & deal with the loss & work towards moving on. Its as much of a struggling before a terminal patients death as after. They are feeling a great loss right now, but they also dont have to watch her in utter pain. There is a sense of loss, and relief. Its a weird feeling.
Rest In Peace Farrah Fawcett. My condolences to your family, friends & fans.
Michael Jackson died the same day. He obviously is the more notable death. While living, he was unquestionably one of the top 5 most famous celebs alive, spoken in the same breath as Paul McCartney & Madonna.
His life has been conflicted. Its had great highs, and great lows. Some of those lows are speculative. All of those highs arent. He was without a question an amazing entertainer in his prime. He was amazing.
In his latter years though, his health was always front & centre. He was continually under the microscope physically. His death by a heart ailment is no shock to anyone, but what is a shock is NOW. He was on the verge of his comeback, he seemed to be in the best shape hes been in for awhile.
I can admit, I was definitely a fan of his. I remember growing up & actually being jealous of a kid at my school who had a jacket like Michael had that was red with multiple zippers. It was silly looking when you see it now, but at the time, it was special. Every song he had out back then was a mega-event. Every radio station & video station would have countdowns to the debut playing of his songs. Everyone was a fan, either admittedly, or closeted.
I am disappointed & devasted to hear about his death. Especially considering I had two oppourtunities to meet him in my life, and never took up either.
I dont really recall why I didnt go the first time, all I know I was young. He came to my hometown of New Westminster, and was given some type of city honour. All the school kids in the area were welcomed to come to it. For some reason (I think maybe my school didnt allow me to go for disciplinary reasons for something or another) I wasnt there. At the time, being that young, I wasnt too devastated to have missed the chance.
The more recent chance to meet him was all my fault. My friends went to Los Angeles recently for the MTV awards, and went looking for Michael on info they had about his routine. They met him & got his autograph. At the time I was disappointed that I didnt try harder to make that trip. But I just assumed there would be more chances.
Like Farrahs death from cancer. Michaels death mirrors my life as well. My mother died from the same problem. Heart failure. Unlike the long drawn out death of a cancer patient, it is quick & usually, unexpected. Your life changes immediately. When you are a celebrity, I am sure that impact is even moreso. Its not just his family & friends that are mourning. He has devoted fans who might have never met him but are devastated by his loss. Farrahs fans have known for awhile this day was coming, Michaels probably expected it to be a decade or two later.
I just looked at my MP3 player, I have 6 Michael songs on there. I probably would have had more, but I remember cutting a lot of songs I liked from a lot of people to try & keep the total to a manageable level. Still, 6 songs is 1 of the larger playlists I have on there.
To think that he wont be playing in London is shocking to me. To imagine he would be dead today is beyond utter shock. I am amazed. I truly feel as much shock over this as I did over my own mothers death. I did not see either coming when they did.
Today the world lost one of its biggest icons. Rest In Peace Michael Jackson. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.
I might add on to this blog eventually when I have thought of it more...but for now, these are my thoughts on this.